Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy

Lecturer in Spanish and European Studies

1WN 2.14
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 385850


Dr Paul Kennedy joined the Department in 2000, having previously lectured in the Department of European Studies at Loughborough University.

He graduated from the University of Sheffield and completed his doctoral thesis on the Spanish Socialist Government of 1982-1996 at Cardiff University.

Previously he had worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

His monograph entitled 'The Spanish Socialist Party and the modernisation of Spain' was published by Manchester University Press in 2013.

Research Interests

His research interests focus on contemporary Spanish and European history and politics.

His most recent work has considered the impact of the international economic crisis on Spain; forthcoming publications include Podemos and the Art of the Possible (Manchester University Press: 2017), which he is also co-authoring with Dr David Cutts, and Why the Left Loses: Social Democracy in a State of Flux (Policy Press: 2017) which he is co-editing with Rob Manwaring of Flinders University, Australia.



Kennedy, P. and Manwaring, R., 2017. Why the Left Loses:Social Democracy on the Defensive. Policy Press, University of Bristol.

Kennedy, P. T., 2013. The Spanish Socialist Party and the modernisation of Spain. Manchester University Press. (Critical Labour Movement Series)

Book Sections

Kennedy, P., 2014. Back to the drawing board: the PSOE after the 2011 general election. In: European social democracy during the global economic crisis. Manchester University Press, pp. 176-192.

Kennedy, P., 2013. Spain. In: de Waele, J.-M., Escalona, F. and Vieira, M., eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Social Democracy in the European Union. Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 331-346.

Kennedy, P. T., 2013. Zapatero, Rajoy and the Reform of the 1978 Constitution. In: Roberts, S. G. H. and Sharman, A., eds. 1812 Echoes. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 394-409.

Kennedy, P., 2009. The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party: continuity, innovation and renewal. In: Callaghan, J., Fishman, N., Jackson, B. and McIvor, M., eds. In search of social democracy: responses to crisis and modernisation. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 93-111.

Kennedy, P. T., 2006. The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE). In: Hanley, D. and Laughlin, J., eds. The Political Parties of Spain. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 46--73.


Kennedy, P., 2017. Podemos’s left populism. The Political Quarterly, 88 (2), pp. 331-333.

Kennedy, P. T., 2011. Phoenix turned to ashes:The Spanish Socialists’ response to the economic crisis. Renewal, 19 (1), pp. 10-15.

Kennedy, P., 2010. Book Review: Nigel Townson (ed), Spain Transformed:The Late Franco Dictatorship, 1959-75. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 87 (5), pp. 693-694.

Kennedy, P. T., 2007. Phoenix from the Ashes. The PSOE Government under Rodríguez Zapatero 2004-2007: a new model for social democracy? International Journal of Iberian Studies, 20, 187--206.

Kennedy, P. T., 2003. Spain: Exhaustion of the Left Project? Parliamentary Affairs, 56, 99--111.

Kennedy, P. T., 2001. Spain's Third Way?: the Spanish Socialist Party's utilisation of European integration. Journal of South Europe and the Balkans, 3, 49--59.

Non-academic press

Kennedy, P., 2016. The messy politics behind Spain’s new government. The Conversation

Kennedy, P., 2016. Once again a Spanish election saves the establishment and deals Podemos a blow. The Conversation

Kennedy, P., 2016. Just a reminder that Spain still doesn’t have a government. The Conversation

Ferrero, J., Walton, O. and Kennedy, P., 2016. 2015:the year in elections. The Conversation

Kennedy, P., 2015. Spain votes for change – but has no idea what government it’ll end up with. The Conversation

Kennedy, P., 2015. Catalan election:a leap into the unknown. The Conversation

Kennedy, P., 2015. Andalusia election results spell trouble for Spain’s established political parties. The Conversation


Kennedy, P., 2016. The resignation of Pedro Sánchez has left Spain’s PSOE in crisis.

Kennedy, P., 2016. El brexit agudiza la división y la conmoción en Gran Bretaña.

Kennedy, P., 2016. 'Brexit: The View from Spain'. Institute of Policy Research, University of Bath.

Kennedy, P., 2016. Robbing Pedro to Pay Pablo: After Three Months of Fruitless Negotiations Spain is No Nearer to Forming a Government. European Futures Blog University of Edinburgh.

Kennedy, P., 2015. Spanish general election preview: The PSOE. LSE EUROPP Blog. (EUROPP)

Kennedy, P., 2015. Where do Spain’s political parties stand after the country’s local and regional elections? LSE EUROPP Blog. (LSE/EUROPP Blog)

Kennedy, P., 2015. Spain’s conservative government may take heart at David Cameron’s achievement against the odds:What does the UK’s election result mean for Europe? Four expert responses. LSE EUROPP Blog. (LSE/EUROPP Blog)

Kennedy, P., 2015. Podemos's shift towards the centre ground? Political Studies Association (PSA) Blog.

Kennedy, P., 2015. Is Spain heading for a four party system? Assessing the state of play ahead of a series of key Spanish elections. LSE EUROPP Blog. (LSE/EUROPP Blog)

Kennedy, P., 2014. Opinion polling leaves little doubt Podemos could break into the mainstream of Spanish politics at next year’s general election. LSE EUROPP Blog. (LSE EUROPP Blog)

Kennedy, P., 2014. The Breakthrough of Podemos in Spain poses a serious challenge for the country's two-party system. LSE EUROPP Blog.

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